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Dubrovnik's imposing city walls around the Old Town
Caption: Dubrovnik's imposing city walls around the Old Town
Caption: Trogir harbourside
Caption: Hvar port viewed from above
Caption: The famous waterfalls of Krka National Park, Croatia
Caption: Enjoy the lively atmosphere of Hvar at night
Caption: Historic Split, home of Diocletian's Palace
Caption: Plitvice Lakes, the unique national park which features on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Caption: The historic town of Stari Grad on Hvar Island
Caption: Mljet National Park is one of Croatia's natural wonders
Caption: Medieval Korcula sitting beside the Mediterranean
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Activity level: Level 2 Requires moderate physical activity. You need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing steps and be comfortable with some periods of standing. Not suitable if you have limited mobility or require a wheelchair/mobility scooter.
Destination: Captivating Croatia Cruise & Stay
Duration: 14 days / 13 nights
Flight information: Economy flights from London Heathrow Airport [LHR] to Zagreb Franjo Tudman Airport [ZAG] on Day 1 and departing from Dubrovnik Airport [DBV] to London Heathrow Airport [LHR] on Day 14
Pickup location: Zagreb Franjo Tudman Airport [ZAG]

Overview

02 - 15 May, 2023

Cruise azure waters, explore ancient palaces, discover vibrant cities and relax in nature - the coastal nation of Croatia has it all. Be captivated as we explore the country by land and sea on this unique holiday.

Join us as we become captivated by the fascinating country of Croatia! Starting in the vibrant capital, Zagreb, we make our way to the coast to explore the historic Pula peninsula, whose stunning scenery and Roman remains tells of centuries of rule from Venice across the water. 

We discover the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Plitvice Lakes National Park, one of Croatia's jewels before boarding our cruise in the historic city of Split. From here we sail to the most famous city, Dubrovnik, stopping along the way at a mix of historic cities, idyllic coves, stunning national parks and beautiful scenery. Cruising we really get to appreciate the lovely blue waters and quaint islands for which Croatia is so famous. 

Our final destination is the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Whilst it has gained fame in recent years due to its link with Game of Thrones, the fortified town walls tell tales of many more eras of history. Our final nights on land here allow us to discover more and see why Croatia really is one of the most captivating there is! 

Itinerary

Itinerary summary: DAY 1 - Arrive in Zagreb
DAY 2 - Discovering Zagreb and to Opatija
DAY 3 - Exploring the Pula Peninsula
DAY 4 - The Beautiful Plitvice Lakes & Zadar
DAY 5 - Superb Šibenik & Boarding in Split
DAY 6 - Splendid Split & Krka National Park
DAY 7 - Historic Trogir & Stari Grad
DAY 8 - Exploring Hvar & Vis Islands
DAY 9 - Beautiful Biševo & Korcula
DAY 10 - Majestic Mljet National Park and the Pelješac Peninsula
DAY 11 - Exploring the Elaphiti Islands and Dubrovnik
DAY 12 - Discovering Dubrovnik
DAY 13 - Heritage, Traditions and Tastes of the Croatian Countryside & Farewell Meal
DAY 14 - Goodbye Croatia
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DAY 1 - Arrive in Zagreb

Welcome to Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Upon arrival Zagreb Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, this evening enjoy a welcome dinner with the group.

Included meals: Dinner 
Accommodation: Hotel Westin, Zagreb 

DAY 2 - Discovering Zagreb and to Opatija

After breakfast, we check out before heading out on a morning sightseeing tour of Zagreb, Croatia's captial city. The tour will take us through the historic Upper Town. We will pass both St Mark’s Church and St Catherine’s Church, as well as the Cathedral and the Government Palace, before entering the Croatian Parliament building.

Then, we leave Zagreb as we head towards the coast and journey the beautiful bay of Kvarner and its popular resort, Opatija. On arrival, we enjoy an orientation bus tour of Opatija, showing the highlights of this former Imperial resort city before checking into our hotel.

Lunch and the rest of the day is at leisure to discover Opatija’s sights. Dinner will be at the hotel this evening with the group.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Hotel Amadria Park or Hotel Agava, Opatija 

DAY 3 - Exploring the Pula Peninsula

Today we head out to explore the historic Pula peninsula. After breakfast, we drive along the coast to visit the city of Pula. A guided tour will tell us about the city’s history and, walking in the footsteps of the Romans, we visit the city's famous amphitheatre.

We continue to Rovinj, possibly the most romantic town in Croatia, which boasts a charmingly picturesque old town. We walk around the Old Town’s winding streets to the foot of the Church of St. Euphemia, a favorite gathering place of artists from around the world.

Lunch is at leisure in Rovinj, before we return to Opatija and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hotel Amadria Park or Hotel Agava, Opatija 

DAY 4 - The Beautiful Plitvice Lakes & Zadar

We depart Opatija this morning and make our way inland to visit one of Croatia’s most famous sites - the magnificent Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

During walking tour of the National Park, we enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder with its 16 terraced lakes surrounded by forested mountains and lush vegetation. The tour takes us around several of the lower lakes. After discovering this natural wonder, we stop for lunch at leisure before continuing to the historic coastal port of Zadar where we will overnight and enjoy dinner together. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Hotel Kolovare, Zadar 

DAY 5 - Superb Šibenik & Boarding in Split

This morning, after breakfast in our hotel, we make our way south towards Split where we will board our boat for the cruise section of our Croatian adventure. 

Along the way we make a stop in the coastal town of Šibenik, founded where the Krka River meets the sea. Though small, this town is packed with history and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Cathedral of St James and St Nicholas' Fort. Enjoy lunch at leisure in Šibenik before we continue to Split.

Here we board our boat, our floating hotel for the next few nights. Once checked-in, we will enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 6 - Splendid Split & Krka National Park

In the morning, after breakfast on board, we head out on a walking tour of the historic inner city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, will visit the imposing Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and will also see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle, and the Cathedral.

We head back on board for lunch before setting sail to the old Dalmatian town of Trogir. Trogir is sometimes referred to as “miniature Venice”, a “mini-Dubrovnik” because of its ancient walls, or a “floating museum town”, as it has a masterful architecture including some stunning Venetian palaces.

After disembarking in Trogir we will take the bus to visit Krka National Park. You will discover the pristine nature and waterfalls of the Krka National Park, rich with flora and fauna.

We return to our boat to overnight in Trogir, with dinner at leisure. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 7 - Historic Trogir & Stari Grad

Today we disembark to explore Trogir with a local tour guide. Famed for its Ventian architecture, the city is packed with history. Founded by the Greeks, it was developed into a major port by the Romans before coming under rule from Venice.

Back on board, we enjoy lunch whilst we sail towards Stari Grad on the Island of Hvar. Stari Grad is one of the oldest towns in Europe ,The Stari Grad Plain and the old town center of Stari Grad have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2008. Your evening is free to explore Stari Grad on your own, with many friendly and affordable restaurants in the backstreets of the old town.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 8 - Exploring Hvar & Vis Islands

Leaving Stari Grad in the morning, we head towards city of Hvar, the capital city of the island.

A sightseeing city tour of Hvar shows us the first public theatre in Europe and many more historical sites.

From Hvar, we sail through the archipelago to the nearby island of Vis. The town of Vis is on the northern side of the island and was developed near the remains of ancient Issa, the first urban center in Croatia, formed by the Greeks in the 4th century B.C. Here you can spend your afternoon and evening at leisure - perhaps visit the remains of the Roman Baths, Church of Our Lady and City Museum or take a walk to enjoy the view of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the coast.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 9 - Beautiful Biševo & Korcula

In the morning, we will cruise from Vis towards Biševo Island to visit the Blue Cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon on the Biševo islet, just in front of the town of Komiža.*

Afterwards, we cruise towards Korcula Island. Korcula town, the island's main settlement is located on the eastern side of the island and is known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, one of the world’s most famous explorers of all times. We will stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays on the route before an afternoon arrival in Korcula. HEre will enjoy a guided walking tour of one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Korcula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy your gourmet experience and there are numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment as we overnight in Korcula.

*The visit to the Blue Cave is weather permitting on the day.

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 10 - Majestic Mljet National Park and the Pelješac Peninsula

Our cruise through the Croatian archipelago heads further south this morning towards the Island of Mljet.

Upon arrival, join the Cruise Manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park. Alternatively, you can rent bicycles, scooters, or kayaks to explore the National Park or island on your own. The park features five types of forest, many species of birds, and two deep lakes: Veliko Jezero (Big Lake) and Malo Jezero (Small Lake). This spectacular island was supposedly a favorite holiday spot for the Greek hero Ulysses!

With lunch on board once again, we depart for the small village of Slano back on the Croatian mainland, a peaceful fishermen’s village, and the starting point for our afternoon excursion to Ston and the Pelješac peninsula. The peninsula is known as one of the best wine-producing regions in Croatia and famous for its oysters. After exploring the charming town of Ston, a once fortified small village, we leave to enjoy the authentic local oyster tasting.

The evening and dinner are at leisure in Slano. 

Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 11 - Exploring the Elaphiti Islands and Dubrovnik

On our final cruise excursion, early morning we set sail to Elaphiti Islands, a small archipelago of islands just north of Dubrovnik. Here we will spend the morning enjoying a swimming stop on one of the secluded bay.

Afterwards, we start the final leg of our journey south as we sail to Dubrovnik, the so called “Pearl of Adriatic".

Before we moor at the port we will cruise alongside the old city walls, while lunch is served. After docking, join a guided tour with panoramic ride followed by the stroll through the historical center of Dubrovnik, Stradun – both a street and a square, the most famous place inside the city walls and visit the Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy.

After our city tour, you will be on own to explore the city, walk City Walls, the Rector's Palace, and the Cathedral, take a boat ride to Lokrum island or take the cable car to the top of the Mount Srd

We return back to the boat for our final evening aboard and we enjoy the Captain’s Dinner, with live entertainment and a glass of wine. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
Accommodation: MS My Way (or similar) 

DAY 12 - Discovering Dubrovnik

After breakfast onboard, it is time to disembark our ship. We will be transferred to our hotel in Dubrovnik and after check in, the day is at leisure.

Perhaps take the funicular up the hill at the back of the city for amazing views over Dubrovnik and the coast. The evening is at leisure in the city.

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Valmar Hotel, Dubrovnik 

DAY 13 - Heritage, Traditions and Tastes of the Croatian Countryside & Farewell Meal

After breakfast, enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the beautiful city of Dubrovnik.

The county of Konvale lies south of Dubrovnik, approaching the modern day border with Montenegro. Between rolling coutnryisde, we can get a glimpse of what life used to be like in the Croatian countryside. This afternoon we head out on our final, leisurely excursion to discover some of the history, heritage and crafts of this region.

The first stop is Cilipi to visit the Konavle County Museum, which present the women and men’s national dress of Konavle from various periods, textile handcrafts such as jewellery, musical instruments, artistic paintings, photographs and various items. Besides the ethnographic collection, the Konavle Heritage Museum also exhibits artefacts of the Cavtat Embroidery Association, whose collection has exceptional value with embroidery specimens from Croatia and neighbouring countries, something for which the area is famous.

Afterwards, we head to village of Poljice and Glavic House, an original house some 400 years old and. Registered as cultural monument on the national heritage list, 150 years ago up to 36 members of the family lived in this rural complex. The agricultural traditions of the property continue today and upon arrival, we’ll enjoy a presentation of olive oil making including a welcome drink, tasting and local snacks.

Our final stop in Konvale County is to visit Mlinica Ðivanovici (the Old Mill). In the shade of the Ljuta River, in Ðivanovic we find a unique spot in spectacular scenery. During a short walking tour you will visit the ancient mills, built during the time of the famous Dubrovnik Republic, which are still in use today. You can see the production of flour and the stamping-mill where the cloth for the local folk costumes was made. The unspoiled nature and the crystal clear water of the Ljuta River will make your memory long-lasting.

Afterwards, we return back to Dubrovnik for our final meal together to round off our fantastic Croatian adventure.

Included meals: Breakfast & Dinner 
Accommodation: Valmar Hotel, Dubrovnik 

DAY 14 - Goodbye Croatia

After breakfast, its time to bid farewell to Croatia. You will be transferred to Dubrovnik Airport for your flight home. 

Included meals: Breakfast 
Accommodation: none 

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What's included

  • ATOL Protection
  • For UK guests, return economy flights fom London Heathrow [LHR] to Zagreb Airport [ZAG] and departing from Dubrovnik Airport [DBV] to London Heathrow Airport [LHR]
    • US/International guests - flights are not included, please arrange your own international flights.
  • Meet & Greet at the airport on arrival
  • Transport as detailed in the itinerary
  • Hotel Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as detailed in the itinerary
  • 7 nights/ 8 days one-way cruise from Split to Dubrovnik
    • Room service every day, changing of the towels and bed linen midweek
    • Breakfast & Lunch each day
    • Welcome Reception & Captain's Farewell Dinner
    • English speaking cruise manager
    • Complimentary onboard WIFI
    • Mandatory Port Taxes
    • Unlimited filter coffee, tea, water onboard
  • All activities, visits and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Tour Director from The Big Journey Company as well as the local tour guide (subject to minimum group size being reached)

What's not included

  • Airport transfers outside of tour dates
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • All entrance fees to non-stipulated attractions
  • Visas, travel insurance
  • Any personal items and anything not mentioned under included in price above
  • Any meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Any optional activities offered
  • Any COVID tests or related entry & exit requirements

Important information

  • Please let The Big Journey Company know prior to travelling if you have any medical needs or take any medication that we need to be made aware of to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant tour.
  • Check in is after 2 - 3pm and check out is before 10am unless otherwise specified in the itinerary.
  • Cancellation 90-0 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 100%. It is your responsibility to ensure the correct travel insurance in place to protect you against the need to cancel your holiday. Deposits are non-refundable. Balance payments are due 14 weeks prior to departure.
  • Further terms and conditions apply and will be provided upon request or at the time of booking. The Big Journey Company reserves the right to withdraw any offer prior to accepting a reservation request. This does not affect your statutory rights. This offer is subject to availability and space is limited.
  • Please consult your doctor for advice on vaccinations and innoculations before travel.
  • A valid passport, with an expiration date longer than 6 months after the date of return, is required of all passengers.
  • The boat may moor side-to-side with others in port and it may be necessary to cross ships to get to the shore, therefore, the cruise is not recommended for passengers in wheelchairs or with limited mobility. 
  • In the event of adverse weather conditions, the captain can choose to alter the itinerary for the comfort and safety of the passengers.
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